West Algarve - Silves

Silves is a lovely old town full of history. Inhabited since pre-historic times, had its heyday during the Moorish occupation. It provides a tranquil centre away from the over touristy coast but still near enough to it to visit and enjoy the great coastal scenery as well as the wonderful inland one.

You’ll be away from touristic pressure but close to the coast and inland destinations, having the best of two worlds!

Scattered with orange and lemon trees, sitting on the banks of the Arade River, there is history everywhere you look in Silves, to remind you of its affluent and bold past as a Moorish capital. The most prominent monument is Castelo de Silves that once sheltered the old Moorish 'alcáçova' which was the residence of the lord of the city. The Cathedral is one of the Algarve’s few remaining gothic monuments with ancient tombs, sits alongside the castle and a network of narrow, cobbled streets take you to the town.

Another impressive sight is the 'Cruz de Portugal' (the Cross of Portugal), a 3m tall limestone cross dating from the 15th century. There is also the Museu Municipal de Arquelogia (Municipal Archaeological Museum).

Our hotel is just a few minutes from the centre with great views over the town and the castle. Situated in a former Arab castle, this hotel overlooks historic Silves.

The town has many restaurants and cafés and provides many opportunities for pleasant evening strolls after dinner.

Ilha do Rosário, Ria de Alvor, Monchique, Picota, Carvoeiro, Benagil Caves, Arade Damn, historical Silves
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.
The hospitality and warmth from the local population, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.

The tour includes

Accommodation vouchers in the chosen regime

Rent-a-car vouchers for duration of stay

Emergency contact numbers (24h hot line)

General information on your holiday, gastronomy and history of the region

Suggestions of local restaurants and places of interest to visit

Detailed walking maps and descriptions of the walks

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